There’s always a few teams that surprise us early in each college season. San Jose State so far is one of those teams. The Spartans won the Wolfpack Intercollegiate on Tuesday for their third consecutive victory to start 2011-12.
It is the first time in more than 20 years that the Spartans have won three tournaments in a season, let alone three in a row. San Jone State also is the first team in the country to win three times this season, according to the university.
San Jose State was ranked 12th in this season’s first Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, which were calculated before the Spartans’ latest win. The team was ranked 69th at the end of last season.
The Spartans are 35-0 after victories at Washington State’s Palouse Collegiate, Boise State’s Dash Thomas Memorial and Nevada’s Wolf Pack Classic.
They trailed by 10 shots entering the final round of the Wolfpack, but shot 2-under 286 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev., to pass host Nevada. San Jose State’s Jay Myers and Justin Estrada both shot final-round 70s in cold, windy conditions.
Myers, a senior, finished at 1-under 215 to collect his first collegiate win. He has a win and two runner-up finishes to start the season. He was No. 40 in this season’s first Golfweek rankings after finishing last season ranked 222nd.
San Jose State’s next start will be a good barometer of how good this team actually is. The Spartans play Oct. 17-18 at Cal’s Alister Mackenzie, which will feature many of the West Coast’s top teams, including several Pac-12 members.